Ski Area Enhancement Act Could Create Jobs

Alex KochonOctober 5, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives gave ski areas a big boost on Monday, passing a bill that would help resorts create summer jobs. According to the Vail Daily, the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act would amend the ski-only rules that currently govern U.S. Forest Service Land.

The bill, H.R. 765, received unanimous support in the House and next goes to the Senate. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver) was its driving force in the House.

“At a time when our No. 1 priority in Congress must be creating jobs for Americans, I am proud to have led the bipartisan effort to pass a bill that will create stable, year-round jobs in the 13 states currently home to ski resorts on public land,” DeGette told the Vail Daily.

But don’t expect a free-for-all; the bill won’t allow tennis courts, water slides, swimming pools, golf courses and amusement parks on National Forest Service Land.

For more on the bill and its status, click here.


Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is a former FasterSkier editor and roving reporter who never really lost touch with the nordic scene. A freelance writer, editor, and outdoor-loving mom of two, she lives in northeastern New York and enjoys adventuring in the Adirondacks. She shares her passion for sports and recreation as the co-founder of "Ride On! Mountain Bike Trail Guide" and a sales and content contributor at When she's not skiing or chasing her kids around, Alex assists authors as a production and marketing coordinator for iPub Global Connection.

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